The following clubs have reached distinguished status or are very close to it.
With just a little push they can make it!
The following clubs earned distinguished status during the 2017-2018 Toastmasters year.
We just added a new club to our District 55 Toastmasters Community as of November 19th - Aurigo MasterWords (club # 7219118).
Aurigo Software is a global software company headquartered in Austin, that provides capital program and project portfolio management software solutions for large capital infrastructure owners in the public and private sectors (including ports, city governments and state transport departments). (wikipedia). The club is named after Aurigo's best-selling product - Masterworks.
Aurigo will meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, at 4pm. Membership is restricted to Aurigo employees. The club is aligned in Area K75, and will be supported by Miriam Mora and Fernando Hinojosa as new club mentors, and Balu Muthuvulu as Area Director.
Congratulations to new Club President, and club sponsor Manish Sharma.
Bart Loeser is a professional trainer and dedicated Toastmaster for eight years. Bart and his team are offering multiple educational opportunities each month to help members in District 55 sharpen their skills and hasten their progress along their route to success in achieving the goals that are available through Toastmasters.
We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities our District offer for you to acquire/strengthen your leadership skills. You can take on a leadership role at your Club or District. You can also conduct specialized workshops to help other Toastmasters or your community using the modules and workshops shown below from the legacy education program. Pathways has leadership opportunities within the various Path projects.
Participate in these leadership programs will satisfy some of the requirements toward achieving your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) status: Pathways DTM (serve 12 months) or Competent Leader (serve 6 months). Some club elect new officers every six months, while other clubs hold elections once a year. This usually depends on whether the club meets weekly or biweekly. Additionally, you will acquire/hone leadership skills that will help you in your profession such as teamwork, project and time management, motivation, mentoring and conflict resolution. These leadership opportunities will also allow to expand your networking and help you advance in your career.
Club Officer Positions
Serving as a club officer will enable you to develop valuable leadership skills while also assisting your fellow Toastmasters. To help you prepare for the role, District 55 sponsors a number of Club Officer Training sessions to discuss your duties, best practices and resources.
Listed below are the officer positions in each Toastmasters club:
District Officer Positions
After serving as a club officer, you may want to go beyond your club to further enhance your leadership capabilities and continue growing as a leader. Also, serving as a district officer for one year term satisfies one of the requirements for Pathways DTM or Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition. (All district officers serve from July 1 to June 30 – see District Leadership Handbook for role responsibilities.)
Listed below are the District officer positions:
If you are interested in a joining our District leadership team, please let your Area or Division Director know. You can also contact the current District Director at email@example.com.
We're in good company. You'll be hard pressed to find an occupation that cannot be enhanced by the skills learned in Toastmasters. Many well-known people from various fields have been Toastmasters, including, Napoleon Hill, James Lovell, Leonard Nimoy.
To get started promoting your club’s Open House, take a poll of current members and visitors. This way your club does more of what works!
With thanks to Michelle Hanchey, DTM from District 44
Tips, Tools, Templates, & Techniques | All members may attend!
8/28 - Your Club's Online Presence - watch the replay here
9/04 - Promote your Club's Open House | Kathy Moore, DTM, Betty J. Vanhoy Puckett, DTM - watch the replay here
9/11 - Making Connections - Website/Social Media | Kathy Moore, DTM
9/18 - Approach to Growth in the Corporate Club | Marie-Pier Clarke, DTM
9/25 - Media and Materials to Pursue Publicity for Your Club | Stephanie King, PRM
10/02 - The Power of a YouTube Video and how to Shoot One | Stephanie King, PRM
For the first time, the Fall District Council Meeting will be virtual!
The business meeting will be conducted using Zoom Conferencing on Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m. The registration process and Zoom link will be available at least a week in advance.
Agenda and information to be approved will be posted on the District website at least 14 days in advance.
Here are the latest clubs to charter in the 2017-2018 Toastmasters year.
Our 18th new Club for 2017-18, Bilingual Lady Toastmasters (7032821) has been added to our D55 community as of 6/29/18. This community club has been in the works for months and is sponsored by our past immediate Area L82 Director, Valerie Chavez. Thanks to her vision and commitment to Toastmasters, she and her team have worked hard to promote our program and recruit members
Bilingual Lady Toastmasters meets on Wednesdays at noon, at Genuine Joe's Coffeehouse at (2001 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757. This Club was aligned in Area L82.
Congratulations Valerie Chavez and Jose DeLaRosa for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 16th new club, Toastmasters Orating At The Rio (7030400) has been added to our D55 community as of 6/28/18. This Club will be meeting at the Laughlin Airforce Base and was aligned in Area F23.
Congratulations Major Joy Spillers, Linda Oliver and Amy O'Neil for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 17th new club, Speak Easy Today (7002582) has been added to our D55 community as of 6/8/18. It is sponsored by Becton and Dickinson (BD) "a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and healthcare worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories." (Becton and Dickinson Website)
Speak Easy Today meets on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month (other days to be decided by members at first meeting) at noon, at 5859 Farinon Drive Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78249. This Club was aligned in Area G32.
Congratulations Forrest Janssen, Rudy Martinez and Cathy Kirk (with BD) and our experienced Toastmasters Linda Oliver and Betty Pocket for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 15th new Club, SARCasm Masters (7013310) has been added to our D55 community as of 6/7/18. This Club is sponsored by Samsung. "a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol, manufactuing electronics and appliances" (Wikipedia)
SARCasm Masters meets every Thursday at 12pm, at 3900 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746.
Congratulations to our point of contact at SARCasm Masters Angela Lam for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 14th new Club, TDLR North (7002566 ) has been added to our D55 community as of 6/7/18. This Club span off TDLR Toastmasters (5244581) as a 2nd club at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, a state agency "Helping Small Business and Consumers since 1909".
TDLR North meets on 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am, at 1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, TX. This Club is aligned in Area K72 till June 30.
Congratulations to our point of contact at TDLR, Mary Wilson and our District Director, Linda Oliver for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 13th new Club, Chase SAT Toastmasters (6539324) has been added to our D55 community as of 5/30/18. This Club is sponsored by JP Morgan Chase Bank "is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City." (Wikipedia).
Chase SAT Toastmasters meets on Tuesdays at 1pm, at 20855 Stone Oak Pkwy., San Antonio, TX 78258. This Club is aligned in Area H45.
Congratulations to our point of contact Roger Torres, and Linda Oliver for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Linda Oliver, DTM and Lorraine Boyden have made several short, informational videos to help get you started along the Pathways learning experience.
On May 19, 2018, the District Leadership Team members for 2018-2019 were elected at the District Council Meeting. Those same officers were installed at the conference banquet held later that evening. The new team will officially begin their terms on July 1, 2018 and run through June 30, 2019.
Next Year’s Trio
Next Year’s Division Directors
The following clubs have earned the Talk Up Toastmasters Award for 2018
Our 11th new Club, Life's A Speech (6960504) has been added to our D55 community as of 4/29/18. It is sponsored by TransUnion "a consumer credit reporting agency. TransUnion collects and aggregates information on over one billion individual consumers in over thirty countries including 200 million files profiling nearly every credit-active consumer in the United States". (Wikipedia).
Life's A Speech meets on Tuesdays at 1pm, at 13785 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78750. This Club is aligned in Area I52 and will be supported by Jacob Leffler and David Morgenthaler as Club Mentors.
Congratulattions to our point of contact at Transunion, Darrell Herring and our experienced Toastmasters Steve Lockwood, Nichole John and Vishal Aslot for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 12th new Club, HDR Austin Toastmaster's Club (6962863) has been added to our D55 community as of 4/27/18. It is sponsored by HDR Engineering "an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. HDR has worked on projects in all 50 US States and in 60 countries, including notable projects such as the Hoover Dam Bypass, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and Roslin Institute building. The firm employs nearly 10,000 professionals and represents hundreds of disciplines in various markets."(Wikipedia).
HDR Austin Toastmaster's Club meets on the 1st Friday and 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 4401 West Gate Boulevard Suite 400, Austin, TX 78745. This Club is aligned in Area I55 and will be supported by Rick Collins as Club Mentor.
Congratulations our point of contact at HDR Engineering, Heather Vacek and our experienced Toastmasters, Rick Bentley, Kara Bell, and Jenn Soto for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.
Our 10th new club, Capital Ridge Orators (6934684) has been added to our D55 community as of 4/17/18. This is a 2nd club at Apple; an "American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services". (Wikipedia).
Capital Ridge Orators meets on Tuesdays at noon, at 320 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746. This Club is aligned in Area J64 and will be supported by Jean Ramsey and Peggy Pleasant as Club Mentors.
Congratulations to our point of contact at Apple, Venkatesh Acharya and our experienced Toastmasters Jean Ramsey, Shante Smith and Hil Alcee for successfully supporting the chartering of this club.